Mary’s Song

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Yesterday, we considered Christmas from Mary’s perspective. Rather than run from the angel’s rather startling pronouncement that she would be the mother of God’s Son, she embraced it.

Her experience as God’s humble servant is best expressed in her own song — known as The Magnificat — captured beautifully in the Gospel of Luke. Here’s an excerpt:

My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices
in God my Savior,
for He has been mindful
of the humble state
of His servant.

From now on all generations
will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One
has done great things for me—
holy is His name.

His mercy extends
to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed
mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those
who are proud
in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down
rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry
with good things
but has sent the rich away
empty.

(Luke 1:46-53)

Mary’s humble servanthood has inspired lots of songs over the years. Here’s one — entitled Mary Did You Know? — that makes me stop and think deeeeep thoughts every time I hear it.

Mary did you know
that your baby boy
would one day
walk on water?
Mary did you know
that your baby boy
would save our
sons and daughters?
Mary did you know
that your baby boy
has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered,
will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
the blind will see
the deaf will hear
and the dead will live again
the lame will leap
the dumb will speak
the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know
that your baby boy
would give sight
to a blind man?
Mary did you know
that your baby boy
would calm a storm
with his hand?
Did you know
that your baby boy
has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss
your little baby,
you have kissed
the face of God?

Mary did you know
that your baby boy
is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
that your baby boy
will one day
rule the nations?
Did you know
that your baby boy
is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child
you’re holding
is the great I AM?

(Lyrics by Mark Lowry)

(Image credit: Shutterstock.com)

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